Waters still responding

Yet again coarse angling has been superb locally with waters still responding as though it were mid June.

Yet again coarse angling has been superb locally with waters still responding as though it were mid June.

Aldin Grange, Eden Meadows and Burtree Farm day ticket fisheries have all been fishing well and it has been another good week at Whittle Dene. There the heaviest net this week went to Steve Eddy with 24lb of roach and dace from the Northern Reservoir, while several other anglers, including EA fisheries manager Phil Rippon, all reported catches of up to 15lb of roach, dace and perch.

Since the recent restocking of Leazes Park Lake when over 1,500 gudgeon, roach and bream were added, catch returns for smaller fish have increased with both Les Gorham and club member Marlon Jodson putting together some impressive bags of fish, proving that the city centre venue is not just a carp water.

Pleasure anglers are enjoying tremendous sport on the Angel with bream to 7lb 6oz, tench to 5lb 9oz, and crucians to 4lb recorded this week.

The best carp from Bowes Lake weighed in at 22lb 6oz and regular Colin Pine had an impressive catch, taking 25 carp to 4lb in one sitting.

Andy Simpson with 98lb 9oz set a new match record for Lookout Lake, when he won Sunday's Open, ahead of Martin Rowell in second with 62lb 3oz and Steve Chantry in third with 47lb 12oz.

Mark Carlin won the Saturday match on Bowes Lake with 16lb 13oz as well as taking first place in the Wednesday Open with 21lb 14oz, while youngster Steve Shilling with 13lb 7oz won the Costcutter match. Another youngster, 17-year-old Phil Ramsden, won yet again on Whins Pond landing four bream and a small carp for 16lb 15oz, 10 pounds clear of runner-up Mike Clusker.

On Woodland the venue record tumbled with the first ever 200lb-plus weight. Skylark Lake produced the goods with Gordon Pole landing a staggering 221lb 11oz of carp.

Improvements have been made to the TAA's Killingworth Lake this week with wardens Gary and Neil moving underwater cages that will assist as a fry fish to the area around reed island. In addition floating buoys have been attached to mark the underwater obstructions which Mick Donkin of the EA insists stay on to mark a hazard.

The Angel's Junior Club has moved to Friday evenings now the lighter nights are here. Any juniors wishing to join club are welcome. Coaches will be present to help develop skills on different methods, as well as expand their knowledge. Once a month there will be a members' match.

This weekend is special for anglers who fish the River Tweed with a host of different angling exhibits at Springbank Kelso.

SATURDAY sees an open on The Angel, while WACAC host a Carp Open match on the QE2 at Ashington. Leazes Park AA fish a Carp Cup Series while Middlesbrough AC fish a club match on the Coot and Kingfisher Lakes.

SUNDAY sees stillwater opens scheduled on The Oaks, Woodlands, Carp Vale and Raker Lakes, while Wansbeck and Cramlington AC hold their first Evening Series Match on Horton Grange and Scotts Coarse AC fish a club match on Byers Loch.

MONDAY sees a night match in the Costcutter Match Series on the Angel meeting at 5pm while on TUESDAY night the Tyneside Division of Pike Anglers Club host a meeting at Blaydon CIU club and there's an evening match on Whins Pond.

WEDNESDAY brings midweek open matches on both Woodlands and The Angel complex, while Wansbeck and Cramlington AC have a club Work Party arranged.

THURSDAY sees another Open on the Oaks at Sessay while on FRIDAY Aycliffe AC host another match in their Friday Evening Series.

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